Bari Uma Ramen – One of the Most Underrated Ramen Shops in Singapore


Bari Uma Ramen at Tanglin Shopping Centre can be considered one of the most underrated ramen shops in Singapore. It is being hidden in the corner of an old building, even if it is near the Orchard Road belt. Having a name similar to the better known Uma Uma Ramen which is a distance away did not help.

Most Singaporeans have a preference for milky tonkotsu soup, partly because our taste buds tend to gear towards the thick and flavourful. While shoyu based ramen typically has a clear brown broth which is light on the palate, Bari Uma’s version is a richly flavoured tonkotsu shoyu soup.

Hailing from Hiroshima, the recommended ramen is the Ajitama-Uma ($15), with thick cut flamed chashu, uncut egg and shoyu soup. The soup is cooked for 6 hours using both pork and chicken bones with various vegetables.

Compared to all the other ramen in in Singapore, every spoonful of Bari Uma’s broth is super rich, layered with flavours and you just can’t help slurping away. Unless salty soups are not your cup of tea.

It is not just the taste of the ramen, the temperature is just as important to me. Many ramen I had at other places could arrive lukewarm, and you wonder what went on in the kitchen. Bari Uma’s version remains warm throughout and not just the first few mouthfuls.

My favourite is the Kara Uma ($16) where the spiciness of the soup may send some sweat down your forehead. A testament to its taste and authenticity is the number of Japanese spotted in the restaurant.

This is one of the few ramen shops which also specialise in Yakitori, with sticks of 2 costing $6.00, and a combo of 5 sticks such as pork belly, chicken thigh and gizzards at $14.80. The sticks are not their strength though, with some tasting rather dry and tough.

When it comes to ramen, I would like to support a deserving underdog.

Bari Uma Ramen
Tanglin Shopping Centre, 19 Tanglin Road, #B1-01/02, Singapore 247909 (Orchard MRT), Tel: +65 68874484
Opening Hours 11:30am – 10:00pm Daily

Other Ramen Entries
Ramen Kagetsu Arashi (The Star Vista)
Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons (Bugis Village)
Menzo Butao (Marina Square)
Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen (Liang Court)
Menya Sanji (Orchid Hotel, Tanjong Pagar)

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8 Responses to “Bari Uma Ramen – One of the Most Underrated Ramen Shops in Singapore”

  1. October 21, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    wah, high praise. Must go try soon.

    “Many ramen I had at other places could arrive lukewarm..” I think you take too many photos lah. My experience is the ramen are always scalding hot, but that’s because I am greedy, I take 2 photos, and dig in. Can’t wait!!

    • admin
      October 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      Sometimes you can take a first sip of the soup. It’s an indication if the rest of the bowl can make it.

  2. Anonymous
    October 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    The ramen wasnt too bad though the gravy was a tad too oily and please don't order the yakitoris even though its stated Chef's Recommendation… they taste like cardboard

    • admin
      October 29, 2013 at 7:53 am #

      I think the soup is okay, just like how the Japanese would have done it back home. The yakitori… I don’t know what cardboard tastes like, but yup, they can be better. :)

  3. October 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    I’m most of the time Try to find best restaurants
    It is one of them

  4. Keax
    December 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    They just opened a new outlet at United Square! They were giving out flyers with a free ajitama coupon. Anyway, so I tried their ramen and I really liked the soup; it was very flavorful. I also get what you mean about the temperature of the soup! I really liked how it came piping hot. :)

  5. March 17, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    One bowl is not enough for me, at least 5 bowl is o.k


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